1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In SSE Enterprise our work can range from domestic, commercial & industrial. One day I coukd be installing storage heating in council flats and the next day I could be working on a hospital or large building installing electrical panels to power the whole building.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Every day even without sometimes realising I am always learning and developing my skills. Whether that may be on a social confidence basis or on a skill basis making me more competent to do my job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy the apprenticeship and I feel as though I've come a long way from when I first started. However there would have been some things I may have done slightly differently.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a good structure in place with the work programme revolving around college. However, I would've personally preferred doing day release at a local college once a week over doing block release at a far away college. As I've found myself forgetting things previously learnt.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are always designated apprentice coordinators who look after the apprentices and would do reviews often to take feedback and on a one to one basis see how we are progressing and if they can help fill out any needs to help complete our apprenticeship programme.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I personally wouldn't mind slightly more support as sometimes hard when it comes to undertaking certain parts of the NVQ portfolio. As sometimes we don't always have to work needed or the time to do this on a job whilst still running on a profitable basis.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I've learnt a lot from my training provider. However, in the past I've found things difficult sometimes when I went to college they would expect me to have learnt skills from on site and vice versa. On site they expected me to have learnt those skills from college.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Every Christmas time we will have a Christmas works do out of working hours which works well as team bonding and is in a relaxed environment. Training courses too can help with this.
9a. Would you recommend SSE to a friend?
SSE help develop each of their employees as much as possible. They will pull out all the stops for training and health & safety and the wellbeing of their staff. We get paid fairly and receive benefits of things such as company vans and tools bought for us before we start.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to SSE?
Work hard towards achieving the basic qualifications needed to start the job and to make yourself look professional and someone who isn't phased by solving problems and taking on responsibility.